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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

captbob2002 Re:GM should've died (357 comments)

Yes, pure luck. A gentle breeze in 2006 could have blown Ford into bankruptcy - there were that close. Ford executives made clear at that time and for a couple years afterwards that they could very well approach the government for financial assistance. If Chrysler and/or GM went down it would have taken Ford as well: supplier networks are very intertwined these days.

about three weeks ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

captbob2002 Re:Pay more in taxes (time to bitch) (409 comments)

You really don't understand how unions and contracts work, do you? It is not about protecting the poorest workers - why would any union member want to do that? It makes more work for everyone else and makes all look bad. It is about making sure the contract is followed (especially language pertaining to discipline and dismissal) in each and every case.

If a lousy worker is being kept around it is because a manager somewhere is too lazy to do their job and get rid of the worker.

Too many would rather pawn-off a bad worker on another department or group rather than document the problems, attempt corrective actions, and dismiss the worker if that action doesn't improve performance.

about 1 month ago

What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

captbob2002 Re: The important question is (330 comments)

Pretty common if you were driving a 1971 Vega with its unsleeved aluminum block and cast iron head and ran with it low on oil and low on coolant as so many of them did back in the day.

These days cars require so little maintenance that many folks don't even bother with the tasks they should perform. Change the timing belt? Why? the car still runs.

about a month ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

captbob2002 Re:This is what Thatcher was good at (712 comments)

So speaks the 1%, or the 1% wanna' be. Did we forget the 11 times Reagan raised taxes or how high he ran up the nation debt or how he declared open season on workers by crushing PATCO -and middle-class wages have stagnated ever since regardless of how productive the workers become or how much profit corporations rake in?

about a month ago

Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

captbob2002 Re:Please.... (321 comments)

perhaps they'll just go "old school" and park em in front o a TV set.

Already got burned by something like this when a nephew stayed with us for a few days. Children can be more clever than non-parents expect.

about a month ago

Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:

captbob2002 nothing...then I found something to watch. (146 comments)

Was zero - but then the kid got a Wii, we piped Amazon Prime through it, and I discovered "Fringe." Since I am part-way through season 4 my viewing time will drop to next to nothing in the not too distant future...on this timeline anyway.

about a month and a half ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

captbob2002 Re:Tenure? (399 comments)

A) Violating their contracts by firing some teachers that happen to be fucking up our children. .

Don't be an idiot. Follow the contract which has provisions (Yes, they ALL do) to get rid of the bad teachers. If the school administrators will not do their jobs FIRE them and hire some that will. Same for the school board.

Too many bad administrators and school board members hiding behind the teacher's union contract - not bad teachers being protected by it

You don't need to set-up the bad teachers for a lawsuit that they'd win by shredding their contract.

The union and its members do NOT want poor performers in their ranks, why the hell would they? But they will, and must fight tooth and nail to protect their contract.

about 3 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

captbob2002 Re:Suing won't help (399 comments)

The administrators concerned retired comfortably without consequences to their careers.

Really retired? Too often around here they "retire" to collect their pension, than are re-hired at an even larger salary while they collect their pension. We have pay so much to lure them back so we can continue to partake of their "experience."

See, such bullshit isn't 't just for Wall Street, it is right there on Main Street, too. The only more egregious double-dippers we have in my state are the twits that run *and get elected) to the state legislature...where they go to fuck-up education even more.

about 3 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

captbob2002 Re:Suing won't help (399 comments)

Which is precisely why the education of those who will inherit our future shouldn't be left up to the whims of self-serving narcissistic union leaders.

Looks like the fedora-wearing, big-boss union leader/gangster canard is out again. 1973 called and they want their generalization back.

The local union members elect their local union leaders from within their own ranks.

about 3 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

captbob2002 Re:Suing won't help (399 comments)

The union negotiated contracts are designed this way to protect the union members that have paid the most dues. This is common across the board with union contracts.

Baloney. Why would the union members that do their jobs want to protect the folks that aren't? Your argument does not hold water. Once an ineffective worker if fired, their replacement will generally be a member of the union as well - paying dues.

What is common to all unions is they will fight to protect the contract and make sure it is followed, regardless of whether the employee is a "good" one or a "bad" one - unions want the contract language to be followed - always and for everyone.

about 3 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

captbob2002 Re:Try it, it does not work! Re:My experiences (399 comments)

> Administration agreed with us in both cases, but they could not do anything....

Someone saying "can not do anything" = "I'm a lazy ass who can't be bothered to do my job".

Because that needs to be said again.

The only lazy workers getting protected by unions (because they can blame their incompetence on the union) are lazy supervisors that refuse to do the job they are paid to do: supervise.

about 3 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

captbob2002 Re:Try it, it does not work! Re:My experiences (399 comments)


Bullshit. The cases above were the consequence of teacher unions. Period. Administration agreed with us in both cases, but they could not do anything....

It pretty much takes a criminal charge against a teacher to get union to cooperate with administration.....

Pure baloney. The administration was clearly too lazy to do their jobs - meaning exercise the management right, discipline, and dismissal sections of the contract. It was clearly easier for them to commiserate with you about that awful teacher knowing if they dragged their feet long enough your child would move onto the next grade away from that teacher and the administration would not have to perform some of the "unpleasant" aspects of their job and actually discipline and possibly fire a "bad" teacher.

there is no reason the teacher's union member that are doing heir jobs and doing them well will want their union to protect "bad" teachers.

about 3 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

captbob2002 Re:Dangerous... (399 comments)

But ok, you go right on ahead believing this is all about unions protecting incompetent teachers. (Yes, incompetent teachers exist, so spare me your anecdotes. Incompetent police officers, doctors, firefighters, pilots, accounts, lawyers, etc. also exist. It's called life.)

what not one of the union demonizing, canard quoting people can tell me is why would a union want to protect the poor performers?

Do you know who runs the local union? The folks from the same employer elected by local union members - not some nebulous union-boss bogey men in fedoras. Why would the folks that do their job and do it well want to protect people that aren't? Poor performers make more work for the people that actually do their jobs or make the whole group look bad - They'll resent the poor performers, not want them protected.

What a union will VIGOROUSLY do is protect the contract by making sure that the contract is followed - particularly language in the contract regarding discipline and dismissal. I guess to those with an anti-worker agenda this could look like protecting a bad worker, but it is making sure the rules are followed regardless of who is in the hot seat.

When I was chief steward there was an awful worker we all would rather have seen gone, they were a constant source of stress for everyone else with the poor attitude and performance that poisoned what ever office s/he was placed in. Why did s/he last for years? Because of union protection? No, it was because the so-called supervisors didn't want to follow the steps outlined to get ride of a poor worker - it was easier to transfer that loser around to different departments. S/he stayed not because of union protection, but because management refused to exercise the "management rights" they had enshrined in the contract.

about 3 months ago

Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC

captbob2002 Private enterprise to the rescue (292 comments)

Good to know that private enterprise is taking such good care of their infrastructure - so much better than anything the government might operate *snort*.

I am sure they will ask for a rate increase to perform the maintenance that they should have been doing all along - can't take that kind of money from the shareholders (owners.)

Keep the profits private and the losses public - that's the ticket.

about 3 months ago

Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

captbob2002 Re:Painful cold (684 comments)

That nice warm air that is laden with moisture from Lake Michigan which has been releasing that burden of moisture all over the place on the state of Michigan? That warm air?

about 3 months ago

Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

captbob2002 Re:money-making scheme (348 comments)

I think red-light cameras have a negative connotation _because_ they make money and that is unfortunate....

I figure they'd not make money if people were not habitually running red lights. Don't want a ticket? Don't run the damn light.

My support for such cameras is conditional that the light timing NOT not be fscked with in order to maximize the potential of someone getting a ticket - I just want those that run the normally timed lights to feel a little pain for being is such a hurry or not leaving early enough for where they want to be.

Getting rear-ended is bad, getting T-boned is generally worse.

about 4 months ago

Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

captbob2002 Re:From an Oregonian... (586 comments)

... it's really that Oracle screwed everyone over. That's the real story, and the state is looking for a way to get their money back.

As a long time Sun Microsystems customer I find that shocking!

about 4 months ago

Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

captbob2002 Re:The more poor that sign up, the more the rich p (586 comments)

...The really important pieces of the Affordable Care Act have been in place for months now. Stuff like requiring insurance companies to spend ~80% of premiums on health care and not disqualifying you because of a pre-existing condition. Or how about removing lifetime caps on coverage.

I could go on, but the Affordable Care Act has a lot of other moving pieces..

Quoting that because too many people think "exchanges" = The Affordable Care Act.

people that could not buy insurance because of pre-existing conditions now can. People that fall ill cannot have their insurance cancelled just because now they really need it. these problems have existed for DECADES and finally something has been done about it. Do I think it is the best possible plan? Hell no! But it is a better than what we had before, and better than anything that was brought up since Clinton's health care reforms went down in flames.

about 4 months ago


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